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When the World Feels Like a Scary Place

with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz

Wednesday December 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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For many children and adults, the world feels like a scary place right now. Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, a child psychologist and leading expert on parenting in times of stress, knows this and believes that we can raise engaged and confident kids despite all that is happening around us.

Both in her book, When the World Feels Like a Scary Place, and during her talk, Gewirtz offers families a clear and practical guide for how to have the kind of tough conversations that can really help. It’s not just how to talk to children, but also what to say. She offers conversation scripts – with actual dialogue, talking points, prompts, and insightful asides – tailored for different ages and centered around different issues. Gewirtz shows how to let the child lead, how to not make the problem worse by saying more than a child needs to know, and how to check in with yourself to make sure your own anxiety doesn’t color the conversation.

Abigail Gewirtz is a professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. She has worked with the U.S. Congress and UNICEF on parenting; conducted research in the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, and Africa; and has been invited to speak throughout the world on parenting in times of stress.

This event is sponsored by WHC’s Couples Club, Religious School, and ECC and presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Click here to purchase When the World Feels Like a Scary Place through WHC’s Mitzvah Mall.

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Wednesday, December 9


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Families with Young Children, Lecture, Religious School


Marsha Humphries